Jeremiah 35

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Jeremiah 35

The Rechabites

Overview.

The story of Rechabite family was inserted in the prophecy as a symbol of faithfulness.

The Rechabites were a religious order, similar to the Nazirites (Numbers 6:1-21). They were founded by Johonadab, the son of Rechab, during the time of King Juhu in northern Israel, (2 Kings 10:15-28). Johonadab joined with King Jehu destroying idols of Baal in the land.

They were religious fanatic, staying purity of the worship of God. They dedicated to the religious discipline of their ancestor Johonadab. They lived in the desert in the tents. They were shepherds and abstained wine.

Jeremiah’s association with the Rechabites was a prophetic act, a lesson, to contrast between the faithfulness of the Rechabites and the unfaithfulness of the people of Judah.  The Rechabites refused to break faith with a mere ancestor. But the people of Judah, by contrast, persistently disobeyed God despite divine efforts to speak to them through the prophets.

The failure to listen to prophets would bring disaster. The Rechabites would serve in the divine presence for all time.

Jeremiah’s prophetic message in the story of the Rechabites is repentance and faithfulness to God, which is only path to survival.

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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